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The Lonely Dodo, Durrell and Aardman highlight endangered species.

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Aardman animations and Durrell have joined forces to highlight the preservation of endangered species. The Lonely Dodo, a four minute short about a solitary Dodo who travels the world in search of love only to find his kind no longer around. The short is animated by Matt Walker and featuring the vocal talents of Stephen Fry and Alistair McGowan.

Discussing the project Aardman director Matthew Walker said: “It was a truly wonderful experience working with Durrell to create The Lonely Dodo. They gave us the freedom to produce what we hope is a funny and informative film, which is significantly enhanced by the exceptional vocal talents of Stephen Fry and Alistair McGowan. We really hope that it reaches the global audience it deserves!”

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The Hispaniolan Solenodon, Pied Tamarin, Mountain Chicken Frog, Ploughshare Tortoise, Floreana Mockingbird and Pink Pigeon are presented as just a few of the other animals that Durrell aim to preserve. Since its formation over fifty years ago by author and naturalist Gerald Durrell, Durrell has developed a worldwide reputation for its pioneering conservation techniques.

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Commenting on his involvement, actor and comedian Stephen Fry said: “We know that currently there are more species either in the process of becoming extinct or in grave danger of doing so, than ever before in the history of man. Stemming this otherwise inevitable flow towards the loss of nature and all that it provides requires engaging the next generation, I wholeheartedly support the work of Durrell as they aim to inspire young hearts and minds to empathise with, and thus care, for the plight of endangered species.”

Find out more on the Lonely Dodo website

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